The strategy will provide an overarching framework and strategic direction for public open space planning across the City.

“Clarence is a growing city and therefore Council must consider both the current needs and future aspirations of a diverse community,” Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said.

“The community is blessed with access to a variety of public open spaces which includes high quality sporting facilities, a range of park and reserves, significant natural areas and coastline, and an extensive tracks and trails network across the city.”

Council has engaged @Leisure Planners to develop the strategy given their extensive experience with public open space planning and having successfully undertaken similar projects for local government, both nationally and within Tasmania.

Key tasks will include a thorough review of Council’s existing public open space network, identification of key challenges for Council in relation to public open space, community consultation, future priorities, and the preparation of a final strategy for adoption by Council.

Mayor Chipman emphasised that “the development of the public open space strategy is an important opportunity to review Council’s existing public open spaces and at the same time, engage with the community to consider what may be required for future generations.”

“I encourage the community to actively participate in the strategy development either by providing comment on the website or by attending a community forum.”

Community members are encouraged to attend one of the community workshops to be held on Thursday 15 December 2016 at Rokeby and Rosny.